Slash spending to make Tax Day less painful

From the LP Staff
  For the 56 percent of Americans who pay federal income taxes, April 17 is a painful day. That pain may be lessened slightly because the Internal Revenue Service has been nibbling away at payroll withholding taxes, but the sad fact is that the income tax represents only a portion of the pain we actually experience.
  In 2017, the feds spent $4.147 trillion, which amounts to $12,733 for every man, woman, and child in the country. All taxes combined brought in $3.481 trillion, which leaves a deficit of $666 billion. If that deficit were to be equally split on a per capita basis and paid through income tax, we’d each end up paying an additional $2,045. If equally split among the 56 percent who actually pay income taxes, the tax increase would average $3,651 per person. Instead, we’re ultimately paying for the deficit through inflation.
"All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repleal of the income tax, the abolishment of the internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution."~
TaxCut.jpg  “Clearly, the United States does not have a revenue problem,” said Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Wes Benedict. “It has a spending problem. The Democrats and Republicans refuse to address this addiction to spending. The best they can do is blather about waste, fraud, and mismanagement. Only Libertarians are willing to name exactly what kinds of federal government spending should be cut.”
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Guard our Wisconsin Guard

WAUSAU 4/8/2018  ~ Last week Governor Walker said he is willing to send OUR Wisconsin National Guard to the Mexican border. That is not what they signed up for. They are willing to be activated in cases of a state or national emergency, not political stunts. 

gt_scott_walker_630x420_120518W.jpgActivating members of the Guard has many undesirable and disruptive consequences; on individuals, families, communities, and businesses, not to mention local Guard units themselves. Libertarians are concerned for the men and women members of the Wisconsin Guard being snatched away from classes, jobs or families to serve on the U.S. southern border.

Ed Thompson, former Libertarian candidate for governor once said, “The governor of Wisconsin has a responsibility to watch out for our citizens and the Guard members for which he is responsible.” In the interests of Wisconsin’s ‘homeland security’, Wisconsin Guard members belong in Wisconsin.

The use of the Armed Forces for law enforcement inside the United States would be legal only if authorized by Act of Congress or the President determines that the use of the Armed Forces is required to fulfill the President's obligations under the Constitution to respond promptly in time of war, insurrection, or other serious emergency."

If the President needs troops on America’s southern border, we remind him that there are thousands of Americans who remain stationed all over the planet as a result of past conflicts dating all the way back to the Spanish-American War. Bring them home.

Jim Maas, Chair
Marathon County Libertarians

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2018 Platform Committee Report

2018 Platform Committee Report

Pursuant to Article VIII of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin Bylaws, the Platform Committee reports that the following proposals were submitted by members of LPWI and approved by the committee for recommendation to the 2018 State Convention. Appendix A includes one proposal that was not recommended by the committee, but is being moved by its author for consideration by the convention under the terms of Article VIII. For reference, the current text of the Platform is attached as Appendix B.

Respectfully submitted,
Andy Craig, Chair
Tyler Danke
Adam Grassnickle
Holly Lebeck
Chris Ritcheson
Benjamin Roskoskey
Sue Wolfgram

PROPOSAL 1: Adopt amended Education plank
We advocate the elimination of all state and federal involvement in education. We believe that parents should have control over, and responsibility for, the education of their children, including directing any funds for that purpose to the educational options of their choosing. We support private schools, homeschooling, open enrollment, and the expansion of school choice in Wisconsin.

PROPOSAL 2: Adopt amended Welfare plank
We strongly support all private and voluntary charity, including mutual aid and fraternal societies, religious and secular non-profits, and the work of dedicated individuals across Wisconsin who assist those in need. Accordingly, we oppose all laws that limit, hinder, or crowd-out these efforts. We oppose the expansion of taxpayer-funded welfare programs, as unjustified and ineffective. We support efforts to phase out these failed government programs.

PROPOSAL 3: Adopt amended Taxes plank
Because taxation is fundamentally a violation of property rights, we advocate phasing out all state and federal taxes including but not limited to taxes on incomes, personal property, real property, corporations, and businesses, along with corresponding decreases in the size of government.

PROPOSAL 4: Relabel current Preface as Conclusion and move it to the end of Platform

PROPOSAL 5: Create new plank titled Crony Capitalism
Crony Capitalism
We oppose the granting of subsidies, tax credits, special privileges, etc., on private individuals, businesses, corporations, or industries by the government, including in the name of “economic development” or “job creation.” We believe that lower taxes and regulatory costs should be extended across the board to all businesses in Wisconsin, on an equal basis, and that the government picking winners and losers in the market is a recipe for corruption. We advocate the abolition of the government economic development corporations, and oppose the uses of special tax districts to fund private for-profit projects such as stadiums and arenas. 

PROPOSAL 6: Create new plank titled Agriculture
We advocate a free, dynamic agriculture market with every possible and desirable crop being produced and sold using any method that meets with the approval of the buying public that does not spread external harm. Private sector labeling must be allowed to replace government-mandated labeling — consumers will be better served with competitive certification and labels and the ability to reject products whose labeling fails to meet their personal standards. Private individuals or corporations must bear full responsibility for damages they inflict on their neighbors with unwanted externalities including pesticides, herbicides, and genetic modifications.

PROPOSAL 7: Create new platform plank titled Military


We oppose the United States acting as a policeman for the world, and seek an end to the foreign policy of military interventionism. The purpose of a military should be limited to defending the borders of the United States from attack. We call for the withdrawal from commitments to engage in war on behalf of other governments. We seek that the United States cease the creation and maintenance of American installations and bases in other countries, and American military troops stationed overseas to be withdrawn.

PROPOSAL 8: Create new platform plank titled Energy


We oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, distribution, and production. We oppose all government subsidies for energy research, development, and operation. We support abolition of the Department of Energy. All government-owned energy resources should be returned to private ownership.

PROPOSAL 9: Delete existing plank “Treating Adults As Children”

PROPOSAL 10: Delete existing plank “State Mandates” 

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Libertarian Candidates Blast School Safety Proposals

Madison, WI, March 20th, 2018 – Libertarian Party candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor denounced recent responses to the renewed school shooting debate from Governor Scott Walker and leading Democrat challenger Tony Evers.Anderson_Baird.jpg

"Scott Walker proposes to address school safety by spending $100 million and expanding State bureaucracy," said Phil Anderson, candidate for Governor. "New reporting and policy requirements would be imposed on local schools; we oppose both the spending and the expanded reach of State government. Local schools should decide if and how they want to improve student safety. And they should pay for it."

"Where is Scott Walker getting this money?" asked Anderson. "This follows more campaign year giveaways in the recent budget; what's next?"

Lt. Governor candidate Patrick Baird called out Tony Evers’ proposal. "The State Superintendent of Schools also wants more spending; $50 million for mental health programs and programs for climate and culture. Neither Scott Walker or Tony Evers mentions allowing schools to arm teachers, a common-sense improvement in school safety with little financial impact."

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Moving on from the Second Amendment

I'm really tired of hearing about the Second Amendment! To be clear, that is because Wisconsin has a better constitutional second.jpgamendment to protect our rights. 

• Some critics of the Second Amendment bring up the unfortunate wording about a well organized militia. I don't want to be sidetracked to a debate about a militia. Wisconsin's amendment is short, clear and to the point. It is hard to misinterpret. 

• Some critics note that the Second Amendment was written centuries ago and weapons were different then. Wisconsin's amendment was written in the 1990s. And, unlike the US Constitution, was approved, twice in statewide referenda!

Gun rights activists worked hard to pass our gun rights amendment then. Why don't they refer to it now?

Well, okay, Article I, Section 25 doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, does it? I still like the content.

"The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose."

If you agree, share.


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A Libertarian to school violence

The solution to school shootings in the Milwaukee area is to get the government out of education. Like every other program and service that is offered by the city, it is never properly managed and often the failing bureaucracy claims that they are underfunded to cover up their shortcomings. The problem has never been underfunding the problem is that government does not have adequate incentives to create an effective education system. Increasing taxes only further burdens citizens who would already have difficulty paying for private education. Some parents work multiple jobs just to make ends meet and are not able to spend enough time with their children to notice that they are developing behavior issues. Coupling that with the continued expectation that the government is capable of covering for our parental duties is creating this environment. 
What our current public school system often does is it puts children in large schools with large classrooms where each individual student’s needs could not possibly be met by the limited staff available to them. The promise by the government to act as a pseudo parent cannot possibly be fulfilled. Frustrations created out of feelings of being left behind along with the isolation that it creates for those who may not be as well equipped to deal with the stresses of maturing into adulthood are what causes a lot of these problems. 
Privatizing schools which allow each school to provide more individual care to each student would be far more effective at stopping the violence than placing armed guards and metal detectors in each school. These are supposed to be placing of learning and nurturing development. This cannot happen if the exterior appearance is indecipherable from a prison. The current public school system is based on an outdated model that has not been effective in decades (if it was ever truly effective at all) and is unlikely to change without competition. A private school system would encourage innovation to attract students.

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Anderson for Governor: Anderson Plan for Criminal Justice Reform

Fitchburg, WI, February 20th, 2018 – Libertarian candidate for Governor of Wisconsin Phil Anderson has released a comprehensive plan for reforming the Wisconsin criminal justice system.


“The injustices that Wisconsin’s ‘justice system’ inflicts on our residents must end now,” insists Anderson. “This system will, by next year, incarcerate more people than ever before in Wisconsin history. Currently, the incarceration rate of African-American men is 2nd highest in the country. This must end, and will end, if I am elected Governor.”

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Libertarian Party Response to State of the Union

WASHINGTON Nickolas Sarwark, Libertarian National Committee

The president gave a speech on the State of the Union to Congress. It was a mixture of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sadly, more of the latter, too. Sarwark.jpeg

Let’s start with the good stuff. The president called for Congress to pass right-to-try legislation. That would be legislation that would let terminally ill people get experimental medications that would potentially save their lives, and get government out of the way.

That’s good.

He called for reducing regulations, and actually pointed out that this administration has reduced regulations more than any other administration in history. That’s also good, because every government regulation that goes away is another rule about how you live your life or run your business or raise your family that’s no longer standing between you and your pursuit of happiness.

He talked about the booming economy, which is really good, although not really the government’s fault. That’s the fault of people like you, working hard to feed your families and build a better life for yourselves. But we’ll give him credit for that, because there’s not really that much else.

There were tax cuts, and a lot of Americans are going to spend less on their tax bill. The Libertarian Party supports that. That shifts us into the bad a little bit, though, because with those tax cuts there were no government spending cuts. And everyone knows the simple math that if you don’t bring in as much money, but you keep spending as much money, you’re going to add to the national debt.

Even worse, the president called for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill — $1.5 trillion. There’s not going to be any more money to spend on that, and the government only gets money by taxing, so what that really means — to break it down into terms that are meaningful to you or me — is $4,658 for every man, woman, and child in this country. Since that money’s not going to be paid for now, that means that you and I won’t pay for it. It’ll be our children and our grandchildren crippled with a national debt that’s completely untenable, that will crush their dreams. So, that’s probably not so good.

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Anderson for WI Governor: Walker wants Millions to bail out Obamacare

For Immediate Release: January 23rd, 2018

Contact: Phil Anderson

Anderson for WI Governor

Phone:  608-361-8608




Anderson for Governor: Walker Wants Millions to Bail Out Obamacare


Fitchburg, WI, January 23rd, 2018 – In what is clearly a panic move in response to recent GOP electoral setbacks, Scott Walker is proposing a series of interventions in the health insurance market that are aimed at propping up the failing Obamacare program.


Walker wants to spend $50 million in state tax money another $150 million in the form of a Federal giveaway to bail out health insurance companies and continue to duplicate Medicare Part D with a state program. Walker claims he will pay for the state portion with unspecified cuts to Medicaid.


“If the health insurance market is destabilized it is 100% because Madison and Washington broke it,” said Phillip Anderson, candidate for the Libertarian Party nomination for Governor. “It’s becoming clear that this bungled attempt to control healthcare is now a bipartisan disaster.”


Walker’s new proposal for health insurance giveaways follows a GOP budget that increased spending on schools, and a $4.5 billion taxpayer giveaway to Foxconn.


“Madison politicians on both sides of the aisle are joining forces, not to fix Wisconsin’s problems, but to find new and innovative ways to wreck markets and spend tax dollars to ensure their re-elections,” said Anderson. “And of course, they are moving quickly to protect insurance companies, as they do with all their sponsors.”




Phil Anderson is the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin, and a candidate for Governor. He can be reached at, or via 

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I recently argued that corporate interests were working hand in hand with regulators at the Federal Communications Commission to stymie the advance of Television White Space Technology (TVWST) in Wisconsin and called on legislators to take action. Last Thursday, Governor Scott Walker demanded that the FCC finalize rules broadening access to broadband internet by advancing TVWST.

Absurd FCC regulations have kept rural Wisconsinites without access to high-speed internet for far too long. 

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